For centuries, ‘human zoos’ were used as a global display of Western cultural and economic superiority. While these living exhibitions don’t exist today, the mechanisms that led to the dehumanisation of Black and Brown bodies continue.
Without an apology or reparations for the colonisation and enslavement of the Congolese people, Belgium’s decision seems to be for appearances rather than a genuine reckoning with its bloody legacy.
The one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder requires us to reflect on the different ways communities experienced Covid-19 and how they intersect with histories of racism, discrimination and stereotypes.
Floyd’s murder sparked international protests and forced police reform onto the political agenda. A year on, where does the fight for racial justice in the US stand?
George Floyd, a Black man, was killed on May 25, 2020 by white police officer Derek Chauvin who kneeled on his neck for more than nine minutes in Minneapolis. Chauvin has been convicted by a jury of murder and manslaughter.
About 1,500 marchers in Minneapolis joined members of the Floyd family and relatives of other Black people who died in encounters with the police.
The Associated Press publishes a video, which authorities had refused to release, of the deadly arrest of Ronald Greene two years ago by Louisiana state troopers, showing them stunning, punching and dragging the unarmed man.
Footage shows Lindsay Fickett and Deputy Brian Houle pepper spraying and tasing Sutherland before one of them knelt on his back. He could be heard saying “I can’t breathe” before dying soon after.
Defence attorney Eric Nelson said he is requesting a new trial in the interests of justice, arguing that there were abuses of discretion that deprived Derek Chauvin of a fair trial.
Attorney General Merrick Garland says the verdict in George Floyd's murder case does not address systemic policing issues in Minneapolis.
Police officer Derek Chauvin "had to know" he was squeezing the life out of George Floyd as the Black man cried over and over that he couldn't breathe and finally fell silent, prosecutor tells jury during closing arguments at Chauvin's murder trial.
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